A 56-year-old man from Orange Park, Florida, died in a hit-and-run accident Wednesday, November 23 on New Kings Road. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the man was the seventh person to be struck and killed on that five-mile stretch of New Kings Road between Interstate 295 and Edgewood Avenue this year alone, adding to its already notorious reputation.
Police reports indicate the man was walking north in the left lane of the road around 12:55 p.m. when a dark Chevrolet Tahoe hit him and then fled the scene. A witness reportedly saw the accident transpire, saying it resulted in damage to the front end of the vehicle. Police officers eventually found the vehicle, but were unable to immediately locate the driver. The incident remains under investigation.
Challenges of hit-and-run accidents
New Kings Road has seen more accidents in 2016 compared to last year, with a particularly bad stretch occurring between October 30 and November 5 when four people were hit and killed there. Several of the offenses on that stretch of road this year have been hit-and-run crashes.
When a hit and run causes injury or death, the guilty party may face felony charges. In most cases, this means prison time and large fines. This would be in addition to any civil claims that victim and his or her family might file in the aftermath of the crash.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car or pedestrian accident due to someone else’s negligence, meet with a trusted Jacksonville personal injury attorney right away.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this blog post.